For Release: 04/27/2019

Peoples Gas partners with Bo Jacksons Give Me a Chance Foundation and Rebuilding Together to renovate Maria Shelter in Englewood for National Rebuilding Day

Over 200 employee volunteers help make a difference for companys 22nd annual Commitment to Community Day

CHICAGO – Peoples Gas today joined Bo Jackson’s Give Me a Chance Foundation to help renovate Maria Shelter, a facility of Margaret’s Village which provides food, shelter and programs to promote health and self-sufficiency for more than 200 women and children. The renovation work took place on National Rebuilding Day, an effort to repair homes and neighborhoods.

Over 200 employee volunteers and their family and friends helped repair the facility as a part of the company’s 22nd annual Commitment to Community Day--a day of volunteer service that brings Peoples Gas employees together to make critically needed repairs to a neighborhood-based nonprofit facility.

“We are honored to work with nonprofit organizations that provide critical resources in some of our most vulnerable neighborhoods,” said Charles Matthews, president and chief executive officer, Peoples Gas. “By partnering with Bo Jackson’s Give Me a Chance Foundation, Maria Shelter and Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago, we have the power to impact the lives of those in need, and Commitment to Community Day brings us together to donate our time and resources to make a big difference.”

Employee volunteers have been working over the past month to make major improvements to the facility, including repairing plumbing, fixing electrical fixtures and restoring handrails for stairs. Peoples Gas also held a month-long bedding drive to collect 100 new bedding sets and 40 new mattresses to donate to Maria Shelter. Employee volunteers also painted, cleaned and made general repairs to the inside and outside of the facility, planted flowers and completed other landscaping work.

Bo Jackson’s Give Me A Chance Foundation volunteers helped decorate and furnish the shelter. They also painted rooms, and donated items for a nursery, a salon, mom's work station, library, and children's playroom. As well as computers, gaming systems, clothing, hygiene items, personalized gifts for all residents, electronics, appliances, and kitchen essentials.

“My mother always said it’s a blessing to lend a hand to help someone else in need, and now that I am out of the professional sports world, that’s my passion. With the help of the wonderful people at Peoples Gas, Rebuilding Together, It’s Our Little Story and the Bo Jackson’s Give Me A Chance Foundation I am very thankful we are able to put sunshine in someone’s cloud by renovating Maria Shelter. Thank you to all of the volunteers, community leaders and our partners for being a part of the team,” said Vincent “Bo” Jackson.

National Rebuilding Day takes place the last Saturday in April. Teams of volunteers are mobilized to work in partnership with the community to repair the homes and improve the neighborhoods of local residents so that they may continue to live in warmth, safety and independence.

“We are proud to partner with Peoples Gas for Commitment to Community Day, as part of our 28th annual National Rebuilding Day,” said Wanda Ramirez, CEO of Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago. “The work being done at Maria Shelter is key to a larger volunteer effort to repair 76 area homes in just one day. National Rebuilding Day celebrates the spirit of volunteerism and calls attention to the ever-increasing need for Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago’s services in the community.”

“Margaret’s Village has three programs that reach out to people that need to be loved, cared for and valued,” said Angela Hicks, executive director, Margaret’s Village. Today and all month long Peoples Gas, Rebuilding together and Bo Jackson’s Give Me A Chance Foundation have joined forces to shower one of our programs, Maria Shelter, with the most amazing act of kindness. If I said I was overwhelmed by the generosity, love and goodwill of the volunteers that are here that would be an understatement. My heart is so full right now I feel like it’s about to burst. The amount and quality of work that has been bestowed upon us is absolutely astounding.”

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